Here at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Philadelphia we recognize that addiction is a family disease. Not only is the individual who is using drugs or alcohol affected, but their loved ones are as well. Families often need to heal and grow together, with each person in the unit developing a sense of wellness and rebuilding healthy relationships. Luckily, no one has to go through this process alone. There are many resources available for loved ones looking for help and support as an addict/alcoholic recovers. The following groups and resources are available in the Philadelphia area:
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon
Al-Anon and Nar-anon are support groups that seek to help friends and family of those with drinking or drug problems.
The groups enable those with similar experiences to come together for the purpose of sharing strength and hope with each other, so that they too may recover from the havoc often wreaked by the addicted lifestyle. For family members that may be too young for the traditional Al-Anon style group, Alateen is a similarly structured program that is age appropriate.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
Loved ones of addicted individuals often find they have become co-dependent on either each other or on the person who is using.
Co-dependency is defined as “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on another person, typically one who requires support due to an illness or addiction.” The primary goal of CoDA is to help those that are struggling to develop healthy relationships through the process of self-discovery and boundary setting.
Individual and Family Therapy
Loved ones of an alcoholic/addict may wish to seek professional help to overcome the issues they have faced in dealing with another’s addiction. Individual counseling sessions, as well as family therapy are always available options. To find a list of counselors in the Pennsylvania area visit Psychology Today
Family Resource List
The Family Resource List is a collection of our favorite resources that we hope will help you find some support and answers along the way of your loved one’s recovery. These resources can be instrumental in growing insight into the family’s perspective, role, and journey through the disease of addiction. It can also help you understand, identify, and work towards a common goal with your loved one during and after treatment.
Illinois Only Group Meetings
NY Only Group Meetings - Rockland and Westchester Counties
Recommended Books / Materials
Staying Sober by Terence Gorski
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Nar-Anon SESH by Nar-Anon Family Groups
One Day at a Time in Al-Anon by Al-Anon Family Groups
Many Voices, One Journey by Al-Anon Family Groups
Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships by Al-Anon Family Groups
Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery by Robin Barnett, Ed.D, LCSW
Addict in the Family: Stories of Love, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers
Everything Changes: Hope for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
On the Other Side of Chaos: Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One by Ellen Van
So You’re in Love with an Addict by Heather O’Hara
The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Rebecca Woolis, MFT
Faith-Based Books / Materials
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind Field by Anthony Acampora, Director of Banyan’s Faith in Recovery Program
Christian Families in Recovery: A Guide for Addiction, Recovery, and Intervention Using God’s Tools of Redemption by Robert and Stephanie Tucker
Lost and Found: Recovery in Christ by Bruce Stanley
Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir by Brandon Novak
The Brandon Novak Chronicles by Joe Frantz and Brandon Novak
Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top by Darren Prince, Kristen McGuiness, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Mental Health Focus DVDs
No Kidding, Me 2! with Joe Pantoliano